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The Secret Keeper

A Novel
Morton, Kate (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Secret Keeper


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During a party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the road and sees her mother speak to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy. Now, fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress, living in London. She returns to the family farm for Dorothy's ninetieth birthday and finds herself overwhelmed by questions she has not thought about for decades. From pre-WWII England through the Blitz, to the fifties and beyond, discover the secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds--Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy--who meet by chance in wartime London and whose lives are forever entwined. "The Secret Keeper" explores longings and dreams, the lengths people go to fulfill them, and the consequences they can have. It is a story of lovers, friends, dreamers, and schemers told--in Morton's signature style--against a backdrop of events that changed the world.
Authors: Morton, Kate, 1976-
Title: The secret keeper
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Atria Books,, 2012.
Characteristics: 484 p. ;,24 cm.
Summary: During a party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the road and sees her mother speak to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy. Now, fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress, living in London. She returns to the family farm for Dorothy's ninetieth birthday and finds herself overwhelmed by questions she has not thought about for decades. From pre-WWII England through the Blitz, to the fifties and beyond, discover the secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds--Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy--who meet by chance in wartime London and whose lives are forever entwined. "The Secret Keeper" explores longings and dreams, the lengths people go to fulfill them, and the consequences they can have. It is a story of lovers, friends, dreamers, and schemers told--in Morton's signature style--against a backdrop of events that changed the world.
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ISBN: 1439152810
9781439152812
1439152802
9781439152805
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Report This Apr 16, 2014
  • becker rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I have always enjoyed Kate Morton's books but this wasn't as enjoyable for me. I found it very long and slow moving. Tons of detail at the expense of the actual story.

Report This Apr 05, 2014
  • BTVS rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Agree with many of the other comments, Overwritten, not her best book. Interesting plot twist but past/present blend detracts from the story and charachters are somewhat shallow. This is my 3rd Kate morton book and I think I'll give the next one a miss.

Report This Mar 18, 2014
  • GLNovak rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

When Laurel Nicolson was sixteen she saw her mother do something very shocking. Now her mother is dying and Laurel wants to solve the mystery of why her mother did what she did. That secret is only one of many in the book. The story is told in several voices that I found easy to tell apart. A good read and a fairly quick read. Enjoy the twist at the end. I did figure it out ahead of time but that didn't hurt the story.

I always enjoy Kate Morton's books, although with this one, I'm beginning to find they are written in a formula. Always some sort of deep dark secret that must be ferreted out by our main character and brought to a resolution by the end of the book. This one is no exception. Laurel, a successful stage and screen actress, looks back in time to a violent death of a stranger visiting the family farm which was caused by her beloved mother. As the plot develops the characters do too and the overlapping threads begin to unravel. Despite the formula they follow, I do enjoy Kate Morton and she has enough fresh material in her books to make me gloss over the predicable plots.

Report This Jan 29, 2014
  • renabackstrom rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

This is probably not a bad book no better or worse than any of her others, but it was the third of her books that I read and the formula for the story is almost exactly the same... I loved the first book that I read, liked the second and was pretty uninterested in this one.

Report This Oct 30, 2013
  • lbinding rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

well worth reading

Report This Oct 12, 2013
  • finn75 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book had a great twist of an ending I did not expect which made it worth the read. Could have done with some editing down a bit but it still represented two different eras really well.

I always admire authors who can write in two voices—giving information from one voice that advances the story in the other, without getting too far ahead or obscure. Harder yet when it’s a mystery. This story is told over a few timelines—primarily in 2011 and 1941, and with 1961. The timelines, the voices and the mystery all kept me hanging on, trying to sort it out. Though I had a glimmer here and there, I didn’t see the ending coming. And once done, I needed to go back and re-read sections to make the pattern of the puzzle clear. Very satisfying!

Report This Jul 08, 2013
  • lledomik rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

The story was ok if you just need something to do to pass the time (like riding the ferry or bus) but otherwise I'd leave it on the shelf. The secondary plot of present day was really unnessessary and weak, though the book would have been half the length without it (short sometimes isn't bad). The characters were not memerable and even the main plot was not very interesting and dragged on. It was like the author thought of a plot twist then struggled to create a few hundred pages of filler just so she could reveal a twist at the end. If you want to read a good Kate Morton book, I recommend "The Forgotten Garden".

Kate Morton has written better bks; this is not one of them. It's just okay to pass the time with. Laurel is thinly drawn. The secondary characters are paper-thin. And I guessed the "twist ending" after reading the 1st 20 pages. There is some liveliness when Morton is writing about Australia.

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